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MP demands answers after fifth inmate absconds

Damian Pearson absconded on Sunday

After the latest prisoner absconds from HMP Hatfield in Doncaster, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is demanding answers.

24-year-old Damian Pearson, absconded from the open prison on Sunday morning. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for burglary at the beginning of 2013.

Ms Flint said:

“After 5 inmates have walked out of HMP Hatfield in recent weeks, I want to know what is going on.

“Residents are understandably concerned and I have made clear to the Minister that public safety has to be his number one priority.

“I held an urgent meeting last night with the Prison Minister, Jeremy Wright, the second in a week, to ask that every prisoner be risk assessed for potential flight to reduce the chance of absconding.

“I also want to know whether the prison has warned every prisoner that they will face a longer jail sentence in a closed prison if they abscond.”

The MP has arranged a meeting with HMP&YOI Hatfield’s governor to discuss the escapes.


No damage visible at chimney collapse house

There is no damage visible from the outside of a house on Beech Road in Campsall, near Doncaster, where a man died yesterday when part of a chimney stack collapsed. The 33 year old is understood to have been working to install a log burner when the internal brickwork gave way.

The house on Beech Street in Campsall near Doncaster where a man died
The house on Beech Street in Campsall near Doncaster where a man died Credit: ITV News Calendar

A second person had to be taken to hospital and treated for the effects of shock but nobody else was seriously injured.

Concern over missing teenagers

Missing: Shannon Craft,15
Missing: Rebecca Hood, 18

South Yorkshire Police say they are concerned for the welfare of two teenagers, missing from Doncaster since June 24. Shannon Craft, 15, and Rebecca Hood, 18, were both reported missing earlier this week and police believe they may be together - possibly in Grimsby.

Shannon was last seen at her home the Hyde Park area just after midnight on Tuesday, 24 June. She is white, around 5ft 3ins tall, of small to medium build, with long dark hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a black Adidas jacket with three white stripes down the arms.

Rebecca was last seen in the Armthorpe area in the early hours of Monday, 23 June. She is described as white, around 5ft 3ins tall, of stocky build with shoulder length blonde hair and glasses. She was last seen wearing jeans, a black top with diamante detail with a green handbag.


Council moves to shut care homes

Doncaster Council has controversially voted to close its 7 remaining care homes for the elderly.

Doncaster Council plans to close 7 care homes
Doncaster Council plans to close 7 care homes

There was anger from campaigners at the decision who had gathered a 27,000 name strong petition against the closures.

It means 132 elderly people are now likely to have to move to private care homes in a phased programme of closures of the remaining care homes.

The council says it has been left with no choice as it has to find savings of £190m over 3 years.

Protestors say the lives of some of the borough's most vulnerable residents have been put at risk by the upheaval.

The authority says it will spend 3 weeks trying to find alternative providers to take over the 7 homes it has earmarked for closure.

Prisoner absconds from hospital

Police in South Yorkshire are searching for a prisoner who absconded while he was at hospital.

Police are searching for Gary Clark
Police are searching for Gary Clark

Gary Clark, absconded from escorted leave from Cheswold Park Hospital in Cheswold Lane, Doncaster, on June 24.

The 48-year-old was on an accompanied visit into Doncaster town centre when he escaped from staff.

He was last seen heading towards North Bridge, in the town centre, on foot.

Detectives believe that Mr Clark, who is originally from the Leeds area, may be making his way out of the immediate area in an effort to contact friends or family.

He is described as around 5ft 9ins tall and of a medium build. He has a shaved head and, when he was last seen, he was wearing a grey tracksuit.

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